Class of 2004
Richard F. Haskayne was raised in Gleichen, Alberta, and received a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta in 1956. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1959, and went on to become a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors, a Member of the Financial Executives Institute, and a Member of the CICA Commission to Study the Public's Expectations of Audits (Macdonald Commission).
He was also Chairman of the Board of Governors, and Board Chair Emeritus, of the University of Calgary, held the title of President of the Calgary Petroleum Club, and was named a Life Member of the Alberta Children's Hospital.
Probably best known as Chairman of TransCanada Corporation, Haskayne was also the Chairman of NOVA Corporation when the company merged with TransCanada PipeLines Limited (TCPL). He was Chairman of TransAlta Corporation, MacMillan Bloedel Limited (when it was acquired by Weyerhaeuser Company) and Fording Inc.
Prior to 1992, Mr. Haskayne was Chairman, President, and CEO of Interhome Energy Inc., and spent more than twenty years with Hudson's Bay Oil and Gas in various positions, before being elected President of that company in 1980. He also served as a Director of EnCana Corporation, Weyerhaeuser Company, and as Director Emeritus of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.
In 1994, he received the Canadian Business Leader Award from the Faculty of Business at the University of Alberta, and subsequently received Honorary Doctorates of Laws from that institution, as well as from the University of Calgary. The Institute of Chartered Accountants awarded him their Distinguished Service Award in 1995, and Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.
The University of Calgary honoured him with The Richard F. Haskayne Chair in Accounting in 2001, and in 2002 the Faculty of Management was renamed the Haskayne School of Business.
Mr. Haskayne was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1997.